Wild Thing: You make our Art Sing: Reconciling Culture and Reinhabiting Nature

By Tamsin Kerr.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Community cultural development, environmental and public art, and place-based festivals have the potential to re-engage community with nature, and reconcile indigenous and settler cultures, breaking down dualisms with creativity. This is not about audience development, but community embeddedness and cohesiveness - an art now, not an art later approach. Objects become more sacred and nature is part of us, not a separate resource. Community creativity builds human-animal-nature coalitions that change environmental interactions and build across cultures. There are so many examples around the world that they have become the feast of a new movement, rather than a quirky seasoning to dominant themes. This presentation draws on the regional example of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, but also visits South Korea, France, and Victoria.

Keywords: Community Memory, Festival, Creativity, Wild Nature, Environmental and Public Art, Community Cultural Development, Mythology

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.177-188. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 963.886KB).

Dr Tamsin Kerr

Director, Design, Art, Land Centre, Cooroora Institure, Cooroy, Queensland, Australia

Tamsin Kerr is interested in cross-cultural mythology, landscape memoir, and community memory, especially as expressed through place based monster imaginings and bioregional festivals. Previously a senior environment and social policy bureaucrat, Tamsin now lives in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, writing, researching, and producing art under the view of the mountains. She has a Griffith University PhD titled 'Conversations with the Bunyip: the idea of the wild in imagining, planning and celebrating place through metaphor, memoir, mythology, and memory'. She is the director of the Design, Art, Land Centre of the Cooroora Institute and lives with the well-known furniture designer maker, Ross Annels and their two creative daughters.


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